Portugal was named best country to visit in 2014 by the Spanish edition of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. The highlights among Portugal's attractions were culture, gastronomy and wines, beaches, GOLF, history, variety of landscapes and above all the hospitality of the Portuguese people.
Nestled along the Atlantic seaboard Portugal is country of Discoverers waiting to be discovered by you. Offering more days of sunshine per year(300+) than any other country in Europe, it is ideal for golfers. Portugal has an exceptional range of diverse landscapes in close proximity, superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people. Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a 6-8 hour non-stop flight from four US Gateways(MIA, EWR, BOS & PHI), the country has an excellent infrastructure and impressive venue options to complement the it’s storied history, world class golf, fantastic climate and warm culture.
Lisbon is Portugal's capital and the hub of a multifaceted area that appeals to different tastes and senses. In a city that has been influenced by many different far-off cultures over time, there is still a village feel in each historic neighborhood. Stroll through the Pombaline grid of streets in the Baixa district that opens on to the Tagus in Praça do Comércio, and then follow the river to discover some of the city’s most beautiful parts: the monumental area of Belém with its World Heritage monuments, the mediaeval quarters and the latest contemporary leisure spaces, such as the Parque das Nações.
All of Obidos has been declared a national monument. It is known as the "Wedding Present Town" because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282, but that alone is not what makes it such an extraordinarily romantic place -- what make it one of Europe's most romantic medieval villages are its incredibly picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses filled with geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doorways and windows, whitewashed churches, flowerpots and dazzling tiles.
As a town guardian, Castelo dos Mouros (Moors Castle) stand on the top of the hill overlooking Sintra. The Moors built it, as the name says, in the 9th or 10th century and it had a relevant role in those days. In 1147, after King Afonso Henriques had conquered Lisbon, the Moors surrendered. The castle was maintained and inhabited until the 15th century, when most of the population settled downhill, where now is Sintra’s historic center, losing all its military importance in the next century — which led it to ruins. King Ferdinand II of Portugal, in the 19th century, ordered its reconstruction, inspired by the Middle Ages architecture.
Contrasting with all of these fabulous palaces is the tiny but extraordinary Capuchos Convent. Visiting its labyrinth of narrow corridors, chapels, and child-sized cells cut out of rock, all lined with cork, is an Alice-in-Wonderland experience. The cork, used to keep out the humidity and to favor the acoustic isolation required for the meditation of the friars, has given it the nickname of "the cork convent."
The most famous building in Sintra is Pena Palace. Built in the 1840s, it is one of Europe's most fantastic palaces, often compared to Neuschwanstein and the other mock-medieval castles of Ludwig of Bavaria in Germany, although it was actually built more than two decades before those. It includes a drawbridge, a conglomeration of turrets, ramparts, and domes, and a gargoyle above a Neo-Manueline arch, all washed in an array of pastel shades. Pena Palace The extravagant interior is decorated in late Victorian and Edwardian furnishings, rich ornaments, paintings, and priceless porcelain preserved just as the royal family left them. Other highlights include the spacious ballroom, the marvelous "Arab Room", and an impressive 16th-century chapel altarpiece (part of an original convent founded to celebrate the first sight of Vasco da Gama's returning fleet).
Surrounding the palace is the mystical Pena Park, filled with a variety of trees and exotic plants from the former colonies of the Portuguese empire, ponds, fountains, and black swans. There is also a charming lodge hidden among the trees that can be visited. At the highest point is a statue of King Ferdinand looking towards his palace, and a viewpoint called "Cruz Alta" overlooking Pena Palace and surroundings. A number of luxurious old villas are scattered around the park. The most famous (for being part of the setting of Roman Polanski's "The Ninth Gate" starring Johnny Depp) is Challet Biester, with dark conic rooftops and Gothic windows. Regaleira Palace Another remarkable building is the fantasy "Palace of the Millions," part of the Regaleira Estate. Built at the close of the 19th century in Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance styles, it sprouts turrets and towers. It is surrounded by a garden filled with mythological and esoteric symbols -- statues of gods, mysterious wells, ponds, and grottoes. The highlight is an almost supernatural tunnel staircase that symbolizes death leading into a "Garden of Eden," symbolizing "rebirth" or the entrance to Heaven. You are free to look around unguided, although the option of a guided tour is worth taking to get the full flavor of the place.
All of Obidos has been declared a national monument. It is known as the "Wedding Present Town" because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282, but that alone is not what makes it such an extraordinarily romantic place -- what make it one of Europe's most romantic medieval villages are its incredibly picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses filled with geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doorways and windows, whitewashed churches, flowerpots and dazzling tiles -- all encircled by the walls of a 12th century castle. Scaling its 13m (45ft)-high medieval walls is the best way to admire this picture postcard-perfect place. The main street ("Rua Direita") leads from the town gate (decorated with 18th century tile panels) to the main square (Praça de Santa Maria). It has a beautiful fountain, a 15th century pillory, the Town Museum (with exhibits ranging from archeological finds to 15-17th centuries sculpture and paintings), and Santa Maria Church. That's where 10-year-old King Afonso V married his 8-year-old cousin Isabel in 1444, with an interior entirely faced with tiles and containing the tomb of João de Noronha, the castle governor who died in 1575. Close by is Misericordia Church (with a fine Baroque doorway), while outside the walls is the Amoreira Aqueduct, built at the behest of Catherine of Austria in 1575. Every July a Medieval Fair recreates the Middle Ages with medieval music, knights, witches, and theater performances, and during the International Chocolate Festival in November, Obidos becomes the world's chocolate capital with incredible chocolate sculptures.
Across from Jeronimos Monastery, reached via an underpass by its gardens, is the Discoveries Monument, built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. It represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with sculptures of important historical figures such as King Manuel I carrying an armillary sphere, poet Camões holding verses from The Lusiads, Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Cabral, and several other notable Portuguese explorers, crusaders, monks, cartographers, and cosmographers, following Prince Henry the Navigator at the prow holding a small vessel. The only female is queen Felipa of Lancaster, mother of Henry the navigator, the brain of the discoveries. Inside is an exhibition space with temporary exhibits, an interesting film about the city of Lisbon, and an elevator that takes visitors to the top for some bird's-eye views of Belem and its monuments. The pavement in front of the monument is decorated with a mosaic that was offered by the South African government in 1960, representing a compass with the map of the world charting the routes taken by the Portuguese explorers.
The interesting Maritime Museum is one of the most important in Europe, evoking Portugal's domination of the seas. Its colossal 17,000 items are installed in the west wing of Jeronimos Monastery, and include model ships from the Age of Discovery onward. The oldest exhibit is a wooden figure representing the Archangel Raphael that accompanied Vasco da Gama on his voyage to India. Other highlights are two 18th century ceremonial barges (one of them built for Queen Maria I that remained operational for almost two hundred years, Ceremonial barge in the Maritime Museum transporting famous passengers such as Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Queen Elizabeth II of England), a 19th century royal cabin from the yacht of Queen Amelia, the seaplane "Santa Cruz" that made the first crossing of the south Atlantic in 1922, the world's largest collection of astrolabes, and replicas of 16th century maps showing the world as it was known then. A 1645 terrestrial globe made by the most famous globe maker of all time, Willem Jansz Blaeu, is also of note, as is the Far East Room and its interesting display of porcelain and Asiatic ships, and 15th century Japanese armor. This is a great way to remember the story of Portugal's pioneering role in world exploration at sea.
Six thousand years ago several civilizations around Mesopotamia started to produce beer. Portugal is an heir of that tradition. The first Museum of Beer in Portugal was founded in Lisbon to celebrate this tradition alongside with Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Saint Tomé and Prince. Where beer is, there is also exquisite gastronomy and fine snacks. That's why along with the museum there is the Beer House, a place with a unique ambience. In the Beer House the codfish cake and other snacks complement beer in perfection. A cultural team with a comprehensive cultural experience linked to the Museum of Bread, put its mark on the quality of the Museum of Beer. Flavor and knowledge are framed with some of the best beers of the Portuguese speaking countries: SUPER BOCK, SAGRES, CUCA, BRAHMA, LAURENTINA. When visiting the Museum in the first floor the visitor can appreciate its historical relevance on the Portuguese beer heritage. Beer House, a space of celebration of life where fellowship is associated with the flavors of beer and good food.
This is a must do when near the monastery in Belem …. the line goes quickly … the price is reasonable... and the pastel de nata is out of this world! …. they are soooooooo good!!!!!! They’ve been making these pastries since 1837. At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, in Belém, next to the Jerónimos Monastery there was a sugar cane refinery linked to a small general store. As a result of the liberal revolution of 1820, all convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down by 1834, the clergy and laborers expelled. In an attempt at survival, someone from the monastery offered sweet pastries for sale in the shop; pastries that rapidly became known as 'Pasteis de Belém'. In 1837, the baking of the 'Pasteis de Belém' was begun in buildings joined to the refinery, following the ancient 'secret recipe' from the monastery. Passed on and known exclusively to the master confectioners who hand-crafted the pastries in the 'secrets room', this recipe remained unchanged to the present day. In fact, the only true 'Pasteis de Belém' contrive, by means of a scrupulous selection of ingredients, to offer even today the flavor of the time-honored Portuguese sweet making.
Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland. It is a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery, often serving as a symbol of the country, and UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage monument. Built in the Manueline style, it incorporates many stonework motifs of the Discoveries, sculptures depicting historical figures such as St. Vincent and an exotic rhinoceros that inspired Dürer's drawing of the beast. The architect, Francisco de Arruda, had previously worked on Portuguese fortifications in Morocco, so there are also Moorish-style watchtowers and other Moorish influences. Facing the river are arcaded windows, delicate Venetian-style loggias, and a statue of Our Lady of Safe Homecoming, a symbol of protection for sailors on their voyages.
The Jeronimos Monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. King Manuel I built it in 1502 on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henry the Navigator, where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal in prayer before leaving for India. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama's voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. Vasco da Gama's tomb was placed inside by the entrance, as was the tomb of poet Luis de Camões, author of the epic The Lusiads in which he glorifies the triumphs of Da Gama and his compatriots. Other great figures in Portuguese history are also entombed here, like King Manuel and King Sebastião, and poets Fernando Pessoa and Alexandre Herculano.
Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and the second-oldest capital city of Europe (after Athens!) The city is absolutely gorgeous with scenic vistas from every angle, saturated with rich history found everywhere from the roads to the marvelous architecture. The many treasures of Lisbon will captivate the historian and artist alike with a vintage feel and the charm of having survived many struggles. On the other hand, Lisbon is also home to some of the world’s most contemporary fashions, art, and entertainment. With Lisbon you get the best of both worlds (old and new) with the bonus of being in one of the least expensive capital cities in Europe.
With year-round sunshine, a championship links golf course, luxury accommodation, world-class services and a wealth of Experiences for you to enjoy, Praia D'El Rey sets a new standard of excellence for Golf & Beach Resorts.
Set along a beautiful sandy beach, less than one hour from Lisbon, Praia D'El Rey is perfectly integrated in an area of protected natural landscape, amidst lush fairways and the raw beauty of the stunning sea views over the Portuguese coastline.
From the premium Properties, every detail of the Resort exudes carefree luxury and style. Tailored for a perfect stay... and for the life you've always dreamed of.
You will be staying in the Tower Monsanto View room. These rooms have spectacular views of Lisbon. The spacious guest rooms are decorated in a classical style and come with a flat-screen satellite TV, mini-bar and free Wi-Fi. All rooms have king size beds, provide access to additional services free of charge, such as access to the SPA Aquae and the Vip Lounge, a recreational space on the 19th floor where you can read daily newspapers and enjoy soft drinks, with a panoramic view of the city of Lisbon and the Tagus River.
The Spa Aquae is open daily and features an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, chromotherapy, Turkish bath, sauna and cardio-fitness room. There are also 3 treatment rooms where guests can enjoy a range of massages and therapies.
The hotel also features a gourmet Italian restaurant, "Il Gattopardo" where guests can enjoy Mediterranean-style meals and a vast wine selection on the covered terrace. The "Le Café" bistro is open throughout the day and serves an à-la-carte international menu. The bistro is renowned for its buffet-style Portuguese lunches.
The unit is a 10-minute walk from the high-end stores and boutiques of Lisbon's Liberdade Avenue. The lively Docas area of the city and the historic district is approximately 10 minutes away by car. Dom Pedro Palace is located across the street from one of the largest shopping centers in Lisbon, the Amoreiras shopping center. The Dom Pedro Palace is just under half a mile from the nearest Metro station and 4 miles from the Lisbon International Airport.
A spectacular cliff-top design from Arthur Hills and a regular host to The Portuguese Open, Oitavos Dunes Golf Course is not only ranked among Portugal’s top courses, but is also one of the best in Europe. Stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean to one side and the Sintra Mountains to the other, this handsome layout with its links-like characteristics, is tough and unforgiving to the extreme. A stern examination of golf to be savored and enjoyed by the true connoisseurs of the game.
At the crossroads of the Sado Estuary and Serra da Arrábida, Troia Golf Championship Course is an 18-hole, par 72 course, 6.317 meters alongside the beach with a magnificent sea view. Designed by the American golf architect Trent Jones Senior, GOLF was elected one of the best golf courses in world by Rolex in 2011, and now features in the guide The Rolex World’s Top 1.000 Golf Courses. Also, the magazine Golf World qualified Troia Golf as the 32nd best golf course on Continental Europe, in 2011. Robert Trent Jones Senior selected hole 3 of Tróia's golf course as one of the best he has ever designed.
The course was voted the third best in Portugal by Golf World magazine in 2004 and it's really very easy to see why. The front nine has a parkland feel to it as it runs in and out of the pine trees, whilst the back nine offers some of the best links golf in Portugal. Holes 13, 14 and 15 run along the Atlantic Ocean, providing fantastic views of the sea, dunes and back towards the pine forest. The 12th has to be the pick of the bunch; your approach shot to the green is played with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop and once you arrive on the green the Belengas Islands become visible.
The Royal Obidos Golf Course is located on the Portuguese Silver Coast. The Royal Obidos golf course is characterized by the amplitude, exigency and variety. Several holes have lakes and streams, which in addition to being important hazards, it ads to its beauty. Royal Obidos is a par 72 golf course measuring at 7100 yards. The late Seve Ballesteros describes the Royal Obidos golf course as a “great and wonderful place” which of true test of golf to players of all abilities. This golf course is challenging from the offset with a difficult right handed dogleg, but you will be rewarded with a spectacular array of holes as you work your way around this thrilling track.
Ranked in the top 30 Courses in Continental Europe, Penha Longa Resort 27 holes designed by the famed Robert Trent Jones Jr, is escapist golf at its best. With its bold drives, courageous approaches and artful greens, it is both an adrenalin rush and a soothing journey through one of Portugal's most inspiring landscapes. Exciting at every turn, this championship challenge and host to the Portuguese Open, is a master of variety and thrills.
The Five Star Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa represents the pinnacle of Hotel design and the very best in sophistication and comfort. Overlooking the protected harbor of Cascais and just 20 minutes from Lisbon, the seaside property offers rooms with views of the stunning hills of Sintra or the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. The decor of each sumptuously appointed guest room is inspired by shades from the sea: blue and gray with just a hint of color. Each morning you will awaken to the sound of waves breaking on the beach and enjoy stunning sunsets each evening. Real Spa Marine offers you every opportunity to completely renew, refresh and relax. A ten-page menu of treatment options focuses on therapies derived from the sea, including an algae body wrap and multiple seawater hydrotherapies.
The hotel is built on the site of the restored former residences of Italy's King Humberto II. No expense has been spared in the construction, the decoration or superb facilities available in this hotel. The gourmet restaurant Belvedere (summer only) serves both traditional Portuguese and international cuisine, La Terraza offers Tapas and show cooking and the Navegantes is the breakfast restaurant. The location of the Hotel permits easy access to multiple tourist attractions on foot. Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa is the ideal choice for those wishing to visit the diverse charms of Portugal and surround themselves in an environment of classic luxury.
Sintra and its mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas have bewitched visitors for centuries. The Romans made it a place of cult moon worshiping and named it "Cynthia" after the goddess of the moon. They were followed by the Moors who also fell in love with the lush vegetation and built a hilltop castle, a palace, and several fountains around the town. Later it became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and attracted a number of wealthy aristocrats who built huge mansions and villas. Famous British poet and traveler Lord Byron stopped by in the 18th century, writing that the town is "perhaps in every respect the most delightful in Europe," and calling it a "glorious Eden" in his epic poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. His fellow countryman Robert Southey followed him and saw it as "the most blessed spot on the whole inhabitable globe." Others made it their own private retreat, such as William Beckford (one of 18th century England's wealthiest men), who lived in the splendid Monserrate Palace, later bought by Francis Cook. It is indeed an extraordinary place with a surreal mixture of history and fantasy, protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Its fairytale palaces, incredible vistas, and notable museum collections make it a destination you will enjoy and we'll make the effort to see as much of it as time permits.
Golf Courses & Touring Accommodation
Arrive Lisbon Airport & Transfer to hotel – Relax & Enjoy Welcome Dinner Dom Pedro Palace Hotel – Lisbon
Ferry crossing to the Troia Peninsula to play Troia GC Dom Pedro Palace Hotel – Lisbon
Guided Tour of Jeronimos Mosterio, Belem Tower, Pastels de Belem & more Dom Pedro Palace Hotel – Lisbon
Transfer to Penha Longa Atlantico GC then continue to north central coast Praia D'El Rey Marriott – Obidos
Play Royal Obidos GC – Opened in 2012 and is Seve Ballesteros' last design Praia D'El Rey Marriott – Obidos
Guided Tour of the Medieval town of Obidos and visit a local Wine Vineyard Praia D'El Rey Marriott – Obidos
Play Praia D’El Rey GC – Amazing views and stiff challenge if it’s breezy Praia D'El Rey Marriott – Obidos
Guided Tour of Sintra a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring Grand Palaces Grande Real Villa Italia – Cascias
Final round of golf on Portugal’s #1 rated coastal gem, Oitavos Dunes GC Grande Real Villa Italia – Cascias
Depart from Lisbon Airport
Monserrate Palace is another amazing, exotic palace sitting near Sintra —another must-do, we must say. Sir Francis Cook built it in the 19th century as a summer residence for its family. Who wouldn’t love to spend the summer in a magnificent palace with astonishing subtropical gardens, right? Later on, it was rented by William Beckford and bought by the Portuguese Government in the 1920’s. The building has an original and highly eclectic architecture, combining soft Gothic doors and windows with Neo-Gothic porticos and sparks of unique Moghul-inspired details. The superb gardens were designed and created by Stockdale and Thomas Gargill, using the microclimate of the mountain to create a magnificent park where more than three thousand exotic species can still be seen today.
This company has produced wine since the beginning of the 20th century. The growing interest in wine related tourism led us to establish tourist visits that allows visitors to share a little of this ancient know-how and provide at the same time a pleasant visit in a unique environment.
The Pereira de Fonseca Family personally invites and welcomes you at Quinta do Sanguinhal. On your visit you will travel through 100 years of Portuguese wine making. They provide an enjoyable alternative to the usual circuits. Their program includes: Walking through the vineyards and in the 19th century gardens around the family house. You’ll visit an old distillery that has been renovated and was in use until 1970. This distillery was where they produced brandies and grappa. The visit also includes a pressing-room with stone and wood manual winepresses dated 1871. And you’ll also see an ageing cellar of liquor wines and brandies with 36 barrels. All of this is followed by the best part - a Tasting!
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*Golfers must have handicap certificate with them during play, Men require 24 or lower & Ladies 36 or lower.
*Package does not include air to/from Portugal or gratuity for your bus drivers.
*Package is non-refundable and we strongly recommend trip insurance.
*Participants should fly in to Lisbon International Airport and out of Lisbon International Airport.
*Package subject to change and is quoted in US Dollars & may vary due to currency fluctuations.
The Seteais Palace is a neoclassical palace located in Sintra, Portugal. It is now a luxury hotel, restaurant and a tourist attraction included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Seteais Palace was built between 1783 and 1787 for the Dutch consul Daniel Gildemeester, on lands granted by the Marquis of Pombal. The consul chose to build his house on the border of an elevation, from which the vast landscape around the Sintra hills could be admired. The palace was surrounded with a large garden with fruit trees. In 1797, some years after the consul's death, his widow sold the palace to Diogo José Vito de Menezes Noronha Coutinho, 5th Marquis of Marialva. The palace was enlarged between 1801 and 1802, probably by neoclassical architect José da Costa e Silva, author of the São Carlos Theatre in Lisbon. The palace was turned into a symmetrical U-shaped building, with the consul's house becoming one of its wings. The cornice of the buildings that compose the main façade was decorated with typical neoclassical motifs like vases, busts and reliefs of garlands. The gardens of the palace were remodelled following romantic trends. The old and the new wings were connected in 1802 by a neoclassical arch, built in honour of Prince regent John VI and Princess Carlota Joaquina, who visited the palace in that year. The monumental arch, decorated with the bronze effigies of the royal pair and a commemorative Latin inscription, is attributed to architect Francisco Leal Garcia. The walls of several inner rooms of the palace were decorated with frescos attributed to French painter Jean Pillement and his followers. Painted motifs include exotic vegetation and mythological characters, typical of the neoclassical taste. The palace belonged to Joao Fernando Salazar e Bragança Since 1890-1910. After changing hands several times, the palace was acquired by the Portuguese government in 1946. The Seteais Palace has been used as a luxury hotel since 1954 but its original characteristics have been preserved.